cmchampa2 wrote:The Tigers are playing good baseball. Unfortunately they come out a little flat some days, but all teams have that problem. Managers make very little difference in the game-to-game decisions and usually just play the odds. No manager can win without talent (see Lou Pinella) and any manager can win with it (see the line of recent Red Sox managers, though Francona seems to be a decent one). Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda, Sparky Anderson, blah blah blah ALL have had many bad seasons.
I just don't see what Tram has done to warrent a firing. He seems to plays the right guys. He seems to play the right pitchers. How many managers would have inserted Chris Shelton into the middle of the line-up? Sean Douglass has made great starts and has not been overused. The bullpen, considering the personnel, has been extremely good with only the overpriced closer being a slight disappointment. Tram has let Bonderman work through some tough spots when other managers might have yanked him too early and Bondy has proven himself a warrior.
If "sparking" a workforce is reason enough to fire someone, thank God for unions. It'd be more fair to ban members from the Cafe for making spelling errors.
True that all of those managers ahave had bad seasons, but all except Tram have had good seasons too. You say that managers don't make that much of a difference in game to game decisions but Tram's decisions are inconsistant and more times than not fail. Many more times than not. Look at yesterday's loss. Back to back HRs and a double to lead off an inning so the genius has Logan bunt. ??? He gives up an out to move a runner from scoring position to scoring position??? Of course they are rewarded when his hitters do what they have done all season-they strand the runner at third. Good bye momentum, hello no more runs and a 5-4 loss. But Tram had to make a move there because he doesn't get it. It was more about him making a move to prove he is a manager than to sit tight and watch his team roll.
And as for his personell decisions, he's been putrid. Higgy being on the team instead of Shelton (who had hit well in Spring) Sticking with Pena for so long, the juggling of his line-up on a daily basis. Even keeping their back up catcher on the roster when Shelton could fill in the odd days Pudge doesn't play. That's ridiculous.
No, I think that they need to let Tram and his bunch go and bring in some new ideas from a manager with real experience.